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Faulk County
Faulk County Courthouse in July 2013
Faulk County Courthouse in July 2013
Map of South Dakota highlighting Faulk County
Location within the U.S. state of South Dakota
Map of the United States highlighting South Dakota
South Dakota's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  South Dakota
Founded 1873 (created)
1883 (organized)
Named for Andrew Jackson Faulk
Seat Faulkton
Largest city Faulkton
Area
 • Total 1,006 sq mi (2,610 km2)
 • Land 982 sq mi (2,540 km2)
 • Water 24 sq mi (60 km2)  2.4%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 2,125
 • Estimate 
(2021)
2,137 Increase
 • Density 2.1123/sq mi (0.8156/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district At-large

Faulk County is a county in the U.S. state of South Dakota. As of the 2020 census, the population was 2,125. Its county seat is Faulkton. The county was founded in 1873 and organized in 1883. It is named for Andrew Jackson Faulk, the third Governor of Dakota Territory.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,006 square miles (2,610 km2), of which 982 square miles (2,540 km2) is land and 24 square miles (62 km2) (2.4%) is water.

Major highways

  • US 212.svg U.S. Highway 212
  • SD 20.svg South Dakota Highway 20
  • SD 45.svg South Dakota Highway 45
  • SD 47.svg South Dakota Highway 47

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 4
1890 4,062 101,450.0%
1900 3,547 −12.7%
1910 6,716 89.3%
1920 6,442 −4.1%
1930 6,895 7.0%
1940 5,168 −25.0%
1950 4,752 −8.0%
1960 4,397 −7.5%
1970 3,893 −11.5%
1980 3,327 −14.5%
1990 2,744 −17.5%
2000 2,640 −3.8%
2010 2,364 −10.5%
2020 2,125 −10.1%
2021 (est.) 2,137 −9.6%
US Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2020

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 2,364 people, 869 households, and 532 families in the county. The population density was 2.4 inhabitants per square mile (0.93/km2). There were 1,136 housing units at an average density of 1.2 per square mile (0.46/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.9% white, 0.1% Asian, 0.1% American Indian, 0.1% black or African American, 0.0% from other races, and 0.7% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 0.8% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 70.0% were German, 9.6% were Irish, 7.1% were English, 5.7% were Norwegian, and 4.3% were American.

Of the 869 households, 20.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.9% were married couples living together, 4.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 38.8% were non-families, and 36.1% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.15 and the average family size was 2.79. The median age was 46.9 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $38,203 and the median income for a family was $55,234. Males had a median income of $40,641 versus $23,571 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,898. About 14.4% of families and 17.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.3% of those under age 18 and 14.3% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

City

Towns

Unincorporated communities

Townships

The county is divided into twenty eight townships:

  • Arcade
  • Bryant
  • Centerville
  • Clark
  • Devoe
  • Ellisville
  • Elroy
  • Emerson
  • Enterprise
  • Fairview
  • Freedom
  • Hillsdale
  • Irving
  • Lafoon
  • Latham
  • Myron
  • O'Neil
  • Orient
  • Pioneer
  • Pulaski
  • Saratoga
  • Seneca
  • Sherman
  • Tamworth
  • Thirteen
  • Union
  • Wesley
  • Zell
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